Aug 14, 2007
Dr. Bob- I have written you many times before I know you are a busy man but I need this broad question answered. My OCD is so out of control I am afraid to leave my house again and do any of the activities I used to love I make strides but now Im falling again. All my tests Ive had for HIV have been negitive, Im in a monogamous relationship, no drugs but every where I go I see HIV. I recently worked at a hardware store, I had to quit the job because I think that touching screw other people have touched might put me at risk, Im so afraid im gonna get it from a third party object like a screw, pin, or staple. Please Dr Bob tell me if these thoughts are irrational, I just want to be happy in life again and quit bringing the people I love down around me. I read all your answers and you always bring a smile to my face, I think what you do is amazing, I wish you the best, please tell me if these are irrational its hard with someone with OCD to distinguish what is and what is not rational. -Ricky
Response from Dr. Frascino
Generally speaking, when people in this forum want me to address their broad question, it turns out to be about a wayward "broad!"
Ricky, there is no doubt you can contract HIV/AIDS from a "screw," but not the kind you are talking about finding at Home Depot! Your fears are indeed completely irrational and unwarranted. Ricky, think it through. If HIV were that easy to contract, would any of us still be alive 26 years into this pandemic? HIV is an STD (sexually transmitted disease), not a CTD (casually transmitted disease)! That means it's transmitted by screwing around not touching a screw!
Ricky, I encourage you to seek the help of a psychiatrist. If you are seeing HIV everywhere when you go out, you are either only going to sex clubs or your OCD is way OOC (out of control). This is not a problem you are going to be able to control without professional help, so I urge you to get the help you need without further delay.
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